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This grant programme is currently closed to applications.
The Megawatt Community Energy Fund uses profit from the business activity of Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano. The fund supports community action on reducing carbon in our atmosphere, and making energy more affordable. Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano are working with Quartet Community Foundation to administer these funds.
Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, cause climate change. Burning fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and gas, puts carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We burn fossil fuels to generate energy, this includes electricity, heating water and buildings and powering our transport systems. Other causes of climate change include cutting down and burning forests (trees absorb carbon and release it when cut down or burned) and raising livestock.
To slow and reverse climate change, we need to switch to renewable energy sources, be more efficient in our energy use, and find ways of taking greenhouse gases out of our atmosphere. It is important everyone can access and afford the energy they need. Finding solutions to climate change is an opportunity to make our energy systems more local and fairer.
Climate change is happening now, solutions are available now, and we all can make a difference now. This is why the fund is supporting projects that aim to:
The grant programme can support all costs relating to your project or activity/project. This can include a contribution to core costs (e.g. core staff, office costs), project costs (e.g. venue hire, project worker) and capital costs. The fund encourages innovative ideas, including pilot projects, but can also support the development and growth of existing projects.
The fund is open to groups or projects working in South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset, and Sedgemoor District (Somerset). The fund will prioritise supporting small charitable organisations. You do not have to be an energy or environmental group.
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